Posted by: shrewspeaks | July 28, 2008

The Submarine Graveyard

One of the final battles between the Germans and the Yanks took place May 1945 in Narragansett Bay. A German U-853 submarine was off Point Judith and “didn’t get the message to stand down” and end hostilities.

The German sub sank the USS Black Point.

This was not only a fatal blow for the Black Point but for the sub as well…The USS Moberly

and the USS Atherton

made quick work of locating and sinking the U-853.  Below is the pattern of projectiles shot from the Atherton making the final strikes on the german U-boat.

The U-Boats wreckage can still be seen today through dive tours and the propellers are at the driveway of the Castle Hill Inn and Resort.

For years, my Grandmother who lived on the coast in Connecticut, swore she saw submarines with German flags as she walked along the shores.  We didn’t believe her…sorry Grandma…you were right.



  1. Would this be a Scotish grandmother?

    Jus’ sayin’.

    I am a huge WWII buff and I had no idea that U-Boats ever got THIS close.

    Would love to see the propellers.

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